MPS student to introduce state superintendent at Wisconsin State of Education Address

Alethia Tilford of MPS’ Reagan College Prep H.S. is one of two students invited to speak

MILWAUKEE – Before Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers gives his annual State of Education Address Thursday, Alethia Tilford will step to the microphone.

Alethia Tilford, a senior at MPS' Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School, was recognized by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors and MPS Acting Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver with the MPS Excellence in Education Award

Alethia Tilford, a senior at MPS’ Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School, was recognized by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors and MPS Acting Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver with the MPS Excellence in Education Award

Tilford, a student at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School, earned the honor of introducing Dr. Evers after being named state superintendent at the annual American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State, a prestigious leadership development program for young women.

The Reagan senior will be one of only two students from across the state invited to speak at the address.

Tilford was recently honored by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors and MPS Acting Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver with the MPS Excellence in Education Award to recognize all of her accomplishments including her academic record, participation in extracurricular and athletic activities and her accomplishment at Badger Girls State.

“We’re proud that Ms. Tilford will represent Milwaukee Public Schools and Wisconsin at this year’s State of Education Address,” Dr. Driver said. “She exemplifies so many of the qualities we want all of our students to possess.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity and honored to be able to introduce the state superintendent,” Tilford said.

Reagan Principal Mike Roemer said that he and the school are “proud of Alethia. She is a shining example of high performance and student leadership. Alethia is persistently seeking ways to challenge herself.  She is a person of outstanding character who has dedicated her young life to humbly serving those around her.”

The address is set for noon Thursday, September 25 in the State Capitol Rotunda in Madison. Reporters interested in speaking with Ms. Tilford should contact Tony Tagliavia, MPS media manager, at (414) 475-8675 or tagliaaj@milwaukee.k12.wi.us.

 

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